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Apple Peels Put to the Test for Chronic Joint Pain

August 26, 2019

“Apple Peels Put to the
Test for Chronic Joint Pain” Regular apple intake is associated with all sorts of good
things, like living longer, particularly a lower risk
of dying from cancer. Here’s the survival
curve of elderly women who don’t eat an apple a day. Ten years out,
nearly a quarter died, and 15 years out,
nearly half were gone. But, those who average like a half an apple a day
didn’t drop off as fast, and those eating an apple a day— more than 3 and a half ounces— like a cup of apple slices, stayed around even longer. Yeah, but maybe people who eat apples every day just happen to practice other healthy behaviors like exercising more, or not smoking, and that’s really why they’re living longer. Well, they controlled for most of that– obesity, smoking status,
poverty, diseases, exercise— so as to compare apples
to apples (so to speak). But, what they didn’t control for was an otherwise healthier diet. Studies show that those who regularly eat apples have higher intakes of not just nutrients like
fiber, found in the apples, but they’re eating less added sugar, less saturated fat—in other words, they’re eating overall healthier diets; and so, no wonder
apple eaters live longer. But is apple eating just
a marker for healthy eating, or is there something about the apples themselves that’s beneficial? You don’t know, until… you put it to the test. There are all sorts of fun studies like this, where subjects were randomly assigned in the morning to nothing, a caffeinated energy drink,
black coffee, or an apple, given that athletes use a variety of common strategies to stimulate arousal, cognition, and performance before their morning training. Did the apple hold its weight? Yes, appearing to work just as well as the caffeinated beverages. The problem with these
kinds of studies though, is they’re not blinded. Those in the apple group knew they were eating an apple, and so, there may have been
this expectation bias, placebo effect, that
made them unconsciously give that extra bit of
effort in the testing and skew the results. You just can’t stuff a
whole apple into a pill. That’s why researchers, instead, test specific extracted apple components; so, they can perform a double-blind
placebo controlled study, where half get the fruit elements, half get the sugar pill, and you don’t know until
the end who got which. The problem there, though, is that you’re no longer dealing
with a whole food, removing the symphony of interactions between the thousands of phytonutrients in the whole apple. Most of these special nutrients are concentrated in the peel, though. Instead of just dumping millions of pounds of nutrition in the trash, why couldn’t researchers
just dry and powder the peels into opaque capsules to disguise them and then run blinded studies with that? Even just a small amount could greatly increase phytochemical content and antioxidant activity. The meat industry got the memo: dried apple peel powder decreases microbial expansion in meat and protects against carcinogen production when you cook it. And, one of the carcinogens formed during the grilling of meat is a beta carboline alkaloid, a neurotoxin, which may be contributing to the development of neurological diseases, like Parkinson’s. I did a video about it awhile ago. Uncooked meat doesn’t have any; the neurotoxin is formed
when you cook it, but you can cut the levels in half by first marinating the meat
with dried apple peel powder. And also cuts down on the amount of fecal contamination bacteria in the meat. Fecal bacteria growing before and after the addition of dried apple peel powder, in pork, beef, and turkey. Apple peels can also inhibit the formation of genotoxic, DNA-damaging,
heterocyclic amines, cutting the levels of these
cooked meat carcinogens by up to more than half. In view of the risks
associated with consuming these cancer causing
compounds in meat, there is a need to reduce exposure by blocking HCA formation, such as by adding apple powder during the cooking of meats to help prevent their production. I mean, I can’t think of any other
way to reduce exposure. (mocking) What about consuming apple peels directly? Dried apple peel powder was found to exhibit powerful anti-inflammatory
and antioxidant action, but this was in mice. Does it have anti-inflammatory
properties in people? You don’t know… until you put it to the test. A dozen folks with moderate loss of joint range of motion and
associated chronic pain were given a spoonful
of dried apple peels a day for 12 weeks, and pain scores dropped
month after month, and the range of motion improved in their neck, shoulders, back, and hips. Conclusion: consumption of
dried apple peel powder was associated with improved joint function and pain reduction. Why just “associated”? Because there was no control group; so, they might have all been just getting better on their own, or it could have been a placebo effect. But hey, why not give apple peels a try, by eating more apples.


  • Reply Jeong-hun Sin April 8, 2018 at 4:43 am

    Can scientists or geneticists make an Apple strain that has all those good things inside, not on the peel? Peel contains pesticides.

  • Reply Damian Ball April 8, 2018 at 4:56 am

    I like apples.

  • Reply D Master April 8, 2018 at 7:00 am

    I'm having Deja Vu all over again!

  • Reply FreeGoro April 8, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Why is this video so familiar?

  • Reply James Maples April 8, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Saying "put it to the test" along with Dr. Gregor is protective against all kinds of cancer.

  • Reply Johnny Garcia April 8, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Honeycrisp is the best apple.

  • Reply Clifton Painter April 8, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Hey Dr. Greger what do you think about certain push back campaigns like this one from Australia?
    Here's the link

    Please weigh in for your dedicated followers.

    I think it is the same old "doubt is our product" evil profiteering. But what do you think sir?

  • Reply Celina K April 8, 2018 at 9:24 pm


  • Reply Red Rose April 9, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I m 40 and dont like Apple and i dont eat apple😏

  • Reply Cora Holt April 11, 2018 at 3:18 pm

  • Reply David Merino April 14, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Watch the apples you use they are high in pesticides try to buy organic or from a farm that does not use spray

  • Reply Angeles Rivera April 14, 2018 at 5:07 pm


  • Reply cbrcoder April 20, 2018 at 6:38 am

    How to get rid of wax and other chemicals from apple peels?

  • Reply Xymo Nau April 20, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    I have been trying to eat three apples a day – I wish Dr Greger had mentioned the equivalent amount of apple skin required to match the dried stuff – and I have found an improvement in my inflammation. I hate apples, and chole n the skins, but I am determined to try this as I'm having a flare up of rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. A plant based diet and no junk food made a huge difference – dropped the pain to 30 to 50% of the original level. The apples improved it a little more – enough to notice. When I ran out of apples, I noticed a slight increase. When I added a couple of days of canned (vegan) foods and white pasta, plus some salted crackers, the pain flared up again. It's definitely the food.

  • Reply harleyharhartube July 29, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Its very interesting what is being discovered abiut apple peels, my father has cancer in the prostate so we tried barley grass and he says it did well, months later we saw a claim that mixture of apple peels, turmeric and grapes was a breakthrough for prostate cancer so he tried it…. after days of intake he could swear it was so much better than barley grass

  • Reply Vitor August 18, 2018 at 10:44 am

    It seems that apples as well as other foods like cucumbers tomatoes and bell peppers are coated in wax before shipping to different markets, i would like to ask you about the safety of eating a waxed apple, and if not, can we safely remove it before consumption.

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